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Thread: Geoff's DB DH60 Moth
12/07/2018 13:41:59
Posted by Geoff Sleath on 10/07/2018 23:40:42:

I'm afraid my Gypsy Moth is still exhaust pipeless, partly because I'm flying it so much. I must have had around 50 or 60 9/10 minute flights since I maidened it earlier this year (6 this afternoon!). Your pipe looks good. I'll have a go with the blow lamp and see if I can do as well. I really like your dummy engine as well.

It's the only model I'm flying right now as I'm frantically practising my chosen schedule for the scale flying only competition I'm foolishly intending to enter this coming Sunday. Those flights include well over 100 landings as each 10 minute flight includes at least 1 touch and go (not always perfect! The bottom wing is a bit scuffed from contact with our hard runway)

It handles a reasonable breeze quite well but it blew over after landing on one occasion this afternoon. Which I guess would be nil point if I do the same in the competition.

On my last flight, I noticed the top wing was a bit cockeyed and not parallel to the bottom one. On inspection the forward angled cabane struts had become detached from the cabane platform. They'd been quite tricky to fix in place when I built the model. I've now (this evening) drilled 2mm holes through the struts into the plywood platform edge and used cocktail sticks as dowels to hold them firmly in place as the 30 minute epoxy cures. The cabane feels quite rigid now and the wings should align perfectly as they did when I first built the Moth.

I'm also getting good 10 minute flights with capacity to spare in the 4AH 4S LiPos which more than adequate for my purposes.


Hi Geoff if you want to avoid the possibility of kinks in the plastic tube fill a longer piece than you want with silver sand or salt and cap ends then heat gently then bend uncap tip out salt or sand job should be a good un

Thread: Fairey Swordfish
12/07/2018 13:34:22

Wonderful work now put the furniture back

Thread: P38 Lightning
10/07/2018 20:14:37

Below is a 3D printed P38 Lightning 55" span printed by Aerofred using 3dlab stl files its all in this box all the way from eastern europe 123 euros delivered printed in silver PLA . There are build videos available to download they make it look easy but it probably is not that simple I understand all parts have to be trimmed for a dry fit before application of medium CA then activator (they recommend Hobby King for both. I have a problem with CA so its a well ventilated room with fan assist plus the use of gloves. I don't anticipate rushing this I want to make the best possible job and enjoy this new technique for building planes. So if anyone is interested I will do a detailed blog next week. I should add it didn't arrive like this each part was carfully wrapped in bubble wrap



Thread: Does Hobby King stock an APC equivalent range of propellers?
09/07/2018 18:54:43

As I have already said in an earlier post Nexus stock APC props

07/07/2018 17:53:50

I picked up some and props at Cosford today at the Nexus stand so try them

07/07/2018 17:50:31

No they still stock and although not a full range

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
07/07/2018 17:48:38

No sign of micro mark today at Cosford

Thread: Strange device on PT19
06/07/2018 21:29:49

Use one from an F1 car

Thread: Picture problem
06/07/2018 19:33:31

Sometimes the server is overwhelmed try one at a time or try later tonight

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
06/07/2018 15:16:29

it says 1/16th ali with ease Danny

Thread: Cosford this weekend
06/07/2018 12:09:21

A very good and thoughtful point Dave

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
05/07/2018 15:41:36

Hi Klippy

the colours are as follows 11 silver 29 matt dark earth 30 matt dark green 65 matt light blue

Thread: K3731 Martians Fury 1
05/07/2018 10:01:28

Let's see if I can do the same

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
05/07/2018 09:57:54
Posted by Klippy on 05/07/2018 09:02:19:

I decided to get an Airfix 1:72 plastic kit to use as a reference during the build, I am close-ish to a model shop for a few days but my kit is 200miles away! Can anyone give me the Humbrol paint numbers for the SAARF version? So I can order paint.

I'm doing the same thing I'll check and post the numbers a little later

Thread: Tony Nijhuis 72 Mosquito Build Log
02/07/2018 20:09:18

she is looking cracking Geoff

Thread: K3731 Martians Fury 1
01/07/2018 10:54:22

And still are Tom although not as fighters

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
29/06/2018 20:28:18

Fantastic job Ernie

Thread: K3731 Martians Fury 1
29/06/2018 20:12:40

This is the Fury I,m going to attempt to emulate it is the worlds only flying Fury based at Duxford

some history

Hawker Fury 1

Some of the handsomest biplanes ever built were British and U.S. end-of-an-era fighters of the 1930s. Gloster Gladiators, Curtiss P-6E Hawks, Bristol Bull­dogs, Boeing P-12/F4Bs, the fat-bellied Grum­man F3F…but the handsomest of all was the shiny, sharp-nosed Hawker Fury, an open-cockpit biplane that pushed the struts-and-fabric limits hard enough to become the RAF’s first airplane able to exceed 200 mph (207 was its top speed) in level flight. Not many were made—a total of 263 Mk. Is and IIs—and only one has survived. Gerald Yagen’s Military Avia­tion Museum, in Virginia Beach, Va., has a Fury replica that last flew in 2003, but the world’s only real Fury biplane proudly took to the air in Britain last July after a painstaking restoration that probably should be called a reconstruction.

The Fury is owned by the Historic Aircraft Collection, which displays most of its airplanes, including the Fury, at the Im­perial War Museum in Cambridgeshire. HAC’s sister company, Retrotec, did the rebuild. Much of the manufacturing of the Furies (and other interwar Hawker biplanes such as the Demon and Hind) was accomplished with archaic devices that no longer exist, so Retrotec had to build not only a biplane but some of the machine tools that originally created it. Much of the metal in the donor Fury’s fuselage, scrapped in South Africa in the early 1940s, had terminally corroded and needed to be remanufactured. Unlike typical steel-tube airplanes, the Fury’s tubes were not welded but mechanically fastened through squared tubing ends and complex joining plates (facilitating maintenance and repair in remote corners of the British empire, where welding torches were rare).

Like the original Furies, Retrotec’s restoration is powered by a rare 700-hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel V12, a progenitor of the Merlin. As a bomber interceptor, the Fury was light and efficient enough that its nearly 2,400-feet-per-minute climb could put it at 20,000 feet just 7½ miles from its takeoff point.

The Fury was truly a transitional airplane. Some of its construction derives from the Sopwith fighters of WWI, yet it was also the direct predecessor of the WWII Hawker Hurricane. The Hurricane had a fuselage that was essentially a Fury’s with an enclosed cockpit, though its wing, retractable gear and Merlin engine were all new. While export Furies served with the Iranian air force until 1949, its last combat mission apparently occurred in April 1941, when a squadron of Yugo­slav Furies intercepted incoming Messerschmitt Me-109s and -110s. Eleven Furies were quickly massacred; the only Fury victory was scored by a pilot who rammed an Me-110.

29/06/2018 20:09:51


Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
29/06/2018 09:30:09

Very nice Jose i particularly like the last one

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